Bertha May Lake (Lewis County)

A shorter family-friendly hike leads to this small green-hued lake named Bertha May by early settler Peter Hershey for his 2 daughters. This lake can provide good fishing for medium size Rainbow Trout. Well established campsites are available and a large log "dock" offers expanded shore fishing for the sure-footed angler.

Getting here:

From Ashford on Hwy 706, drive ~2.4m east & turn right on Kernahan/Skate Creek Rd. In ~4.6m turn right on FS#84 and then in another 1.2m take FS#8410 - continue another 3.9m to trailhead #251. note: last portion of the road is badly washed out and negotiable for high clearance 4wd only - most should plan on parking lower down. Hike 1/4 mile to Pothole lake then another 1/2 mile uphill to Bertha May - 400' gain.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Lewis
Acreage: 19.20 ac.
Elevation: 4059 ft.
TRS: T14R07E SEC16
Center: 46.69847, -121.936355
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Fish stocking info

Release Location: BERTHA MAY LK (LEWI)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Oct 1, 2001 Rainbow 1,500 10 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Sep 18, 1998 Rainbow 1,540 28 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Aug 4, 1995 Rainbow 1,498 4.8 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

Fishing prospects calendar

Rainbow trout

Fishing success for Rainbow Trout is generally best in the spring when thousands of fish are stocked statewide, but they can be caught year-round in most waters with a little patience and persistence. Success remains high into June and gradually declines as water temperatures increase and fish move offshore to stay cool. Fish that escaped the spring harvest return to the nearshore areas in the fall as waters cool off. Some waters may also be stocked again in the fall further boosting catch rates.
Chart showing fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


Bertha May Lake
Photo by WDFW